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Jean Gruault (scenario and dialogue)
Henri Laborit (writings)
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Release Date:
17 December 1980 (USA) See more »
The intersecting stories of three people who face difficult choices in life-changing situations are used to illustrate the theories espoused by Henri Laborit about human behavior and the relationship between the self and society. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 13 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Intelligent, thought-provoking, mesmerizing See more (20 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gérard Depardieu ... René Ragueneau

Nicole Garcia ... Janine Garnier
Roger Pierre ... Jean Le Gall
Nelly Borgeaud ... Arlette Le Gall

Pierre Arditi ... Zambeaux, le représentant de la direction générale à Paris
Gérard Darrieu ... Léon Veestrate

Philippe Laudenbach ... Michel Aubert

Marie Dubois ... Thérèse Ragueneau
Henri Laborit ... Himself
Bernard Malaterre ... Le père de Jean
Laurence Roy ... La mère de Jean
Alexandre Rignault ... Le grand-père de Jean / Jean's Grandfather
Véronique Silver ... La mère de Janine
Jean Lescot ... Le père de Janine
Geneviève Mnich ... La mère de René
Maurice Gauthier ... Le père de René
Guillaume Boisseau ... Jean enfant / jean as a Child
Ina Bedart ... Janine enfant
Ludovic Salis ... René enfant
François Calvez ... René adolescent
Stephanie Loustau ... Janine adolescente
Monique Mauclair ... L'institutrice
Damien Boisseau ... Jean adolescent
Gaston Vacchia ... Henri, l'oncle de René
Bertrand Lepage ... Maurice, le frère de René

Jean-Philippe Puymartin ... Jean jeune homme

Catherine Frot ... Arlette jeune fille
Valérie Dréville ... Thérèse jeune fille / Young Thérèse
Brigitte Roüan ... L'amie de Janine
Max Vialle ... Jean-Marie Laugier, le metteur en scène
Yves Peneau ... Un comédien
Jean-Bernard Guillard ... Un comédien
Laurence Février ... Une comédienne
Charlotte Bonnet ... La secrétaire de M. Louis

Jean Dasté ... M. Louis
Anne-Christine Joinneau ... La fille de Jean
Sébastien Drai ... Le fils de Jean
Marjorie Godin ... La secrétaire de l'usine
Liliane Gaudet ... Mme Arnal
Isabelle Ganz ... Josyane
Maria Laborit ... La troisième secrétaire de Jean
Albert Médina ... Bozon-Vandrieux
Laurence Badie ... Mme Veestrate
Carène Ferrey ... La première fille de René
Sabine Thomas ... La seconde fille de René
Catherine Serre ... La secrétaire de la direction générale
Jacques Rispal ... L'homme bousculé par René
Héléna Manson ... La logeuse de René à Cholet
Serge Feuillard ... Le médecin des urgences
Gilette Barbier ... Mme Landais
Dominique Rozan ... Le sénateur
Michel Muller ... Le garde-chasse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Danielle Darrieux ... Herself (archive footage)

Jean Gabin ... Himself (archive footage)

Jean Marais ... Himself (archive footage)
Christian Chauvaud ... Small part (uncredited)
Dorothée ... Narratrice (uncredited)

Directed by
Alain Resnais 
Writing credits
Jean Gruault (scenario and dialogue)

Henri Laborit (writings)

Produced by
Philippe Dussart .... producer
Christian Lentretien .... associate producer
Original Music by
Arié Dzierlatka 
Cinematography by
Sacha Vierny 
Film Editing by
Albert Jurgenson 
Production Design by
Jacques Saulnier 
Set Decoration by
Philippe Turlure 
Costume Design by
Catherine Leterrier 
Makeup Department
Marie-Hélène Yastchenkoff .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Michel Fauré .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean Léon .... assistant director
Florence Malraux .... assistant director
Guy Pinon .... assistant director
Sound Department
Gérard Loupias .... boom operator
Jacques Maumont .... sound mixer
Georges Prat .... sound
Jean-Pierre Ruh .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Brun .... camera operator
François Catonné .... assistant camera
Arthur Cloquet .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Jean-Pierre Besnard .... assistant editor
Philippe Tourret .... color timer
Music Department
Harry Rabinowitz .... conductor
Other crew
Hélène Sébillotte .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
125 min
Black and White (archive footage) | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.See more »
Henri Laborit:[First lines] A being's only reason for being is being. In other words, to maintain its organic structure. It must stay alive. Otherwise, there is no being.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited from The Possessors (1958)See more »


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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Intelligent, thought-provoking, mesmerizing, 11 October 2000
Author: Catch-52 from USC (Los Angeles)

I've seen this film twice. The first time, it told me how to view the world. The second time, it represented my view of the world. Everyone's actions are determined by a small number of forces, it says. Everyone's behavior fits into only four categories, it says. And yet, it presents such a wide range of emotions, actions, and thoughts that it seems to contradict its very hypothesis. And yet, it doesn't. Turn your brain on and watch this; give it time to sink in, then watch it again. I guarantee it will change your way of looking at the world. The editing is top-notch, and Resnais is at the top of his form, as he was 20 years earlier with Hiroshima Mon Amour. The ending is a stunner, and it encapsulates the film while at the same time extending its meaning. The cinematography and message will remind you of Resnais' Night and Fog. Brilliant performances from all three leads and Laborit. Give it time, use your brain, and view it multiple times. You will be rewarded.

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